29 July 2016
Sustained market volatility, underlying macroeconomic uncertainty and heightened geopolitical tensions, exacerbated by the impact of the UK referendum vote to end EU membership, continued to contribute to client risk aversion and generally low transaction volumes. These conditions are unlikely to change in the foreseeable future. Furthermore, lower than anticipated and negative interest rates and the relative strength of the Swiss franc, particularly against the euro, still present considerable headwinds. In addition, the changes to the Swiss bank capital standards and proposed further changes to the international regulatory framework for banks will result in increasing capital requirements and costs. UBS is well positioned to benefit from even a moderate improvement in conditions and remains committed to executing its strategy with discipline to mitigate these effects.